ANNUAL YOUTH DAY: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
(Tickets may be ordered until Monday, July 23: contact your parish about availability) This year the Diocesan Orthodox Youth Day will be held in New York City to see a Broadway show. On Wednesday August 22nd at the New Amsterdam Theatre the youth are scheduled to see a 1 PM showing of Aladdin, complete with a meet and greet with the cast. A meal will be provided in the city following the show.
ROCHESTER NY: Parish "Project Mexico" Team - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
On Sunday, 24 June 2018, the ten-member “Project Mexico Team” from Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY received a blessing for their humanitarian journey to northern Mexico to build a home for a family in desperate need. The team departed on June 27th and returned home on July 4th. Organized by team-leaders Deacon Sean McNulty and Jeremy Heise, the team raised funds and received supporting contributions from parishioners to make this long journey of love possible.
All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America
The 19th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, of which our Diocese is a part, will convene in St. Louis MO for its triennial gathering of hierarchs along with clergy and laity delegates representing all parishes and institutions. Traditionally referred to as a “Sobor,” the Council embraces the diversity of persons within the Body of Christ while manifesting the Apostolic unity of faith in the All-Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The Council will be a manifestation of the Church as the community of worship, in the fullness of Orthodoxy, seeking to discern the will of God regarding various spiritual and administrative deliberations and decisions. The theme of the Council is: "For the Life of the World."
Church School Workshops
Two Church School Workshops for coordinators, teachers, and anyone interested in the religious education of our children will be presented this year; one in Syracuse NY (August 18) and another in Paramus NJ (August 25). This year's presenter, Shelley Finkler, will explore a new method of Montessori-based Orthodox Christian Education. For information please click here >>>
ANNUAL BIKE RIDE AT SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP
As the Camp’s chapel bell rings, so will start the Annual Saint Andrew’s Camp Bike Ride (SACBR). The bike ride is a charity event in an effort to support the camp. Each year the Ride is held on the 4th Saturday in August. This year the Ride will be on Saturday, August 25th, 2018. Archbishop Michael has long rallied to “train up” our youth. His recent appeal to support the Camp was clear: “Saint Andrew’s Camp remains an invaluable way to link Orthodox Christian children to one another…”
Diaconal Formation & Parish Leadership Training Program
Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is opening enrollment into its Diaconal Formation and Parish Leadership Training Program held in Philadelphia PA. The program is designed for laypeople who are seeking to play an active role in the life of their parishes. The program offers two educational tracks: 1) is structured to satisfy the educational requirements of ordination into the Diaconate and provides classes and training sessions for men who are discerning their call of serving at the altar; 2) is intended for faithful men and women who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.